Florida schools prepare for end of Race to the Top funding

Monday, December 16, 2013

Millions of dollars available to school systems across the state are dwindling to an end, as federal funding is set to expire next year.

The money from the grant, known as Race to the Top, comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Federal funds totalling $4 billion were set aside to help school systems implement Race to the Top mandates; Georgia was awarded $400 million. With that funding, the state partnered with 26 school systems including Hall County School District and Gainesville City Schools.

Gainesville received $1,739,700, while Hall County was awarded $4.2 million.

The grant funding for those 26 systems is scheduled to end Sept. 30, 2014, though individual systems were able to apply for an extension. Hall County plans to apply for a one-year extension, according to Terry Sapp, Hall’s school improvement specialist for high schools.

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